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Puig's Month to Remember

Monday, July 1, 2013, 3:03 AM
The Phillies had a first-hand look at history Sunday, as the Dodgers' Yusiel Puig completed one of the best debut months in major league baseball history. Only Joe DiMaggio (46) ever lashed out more hits in his debut calendar month than the 44 Puig compiled through Sunday, but some of Puig's other... Read more

Counting to 109 at UCLA

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 7:05 PM
After UCLA captured their first-ever NCAA baseball championship Tuesday, more than one person asked us Wednesday how the Bruins' NCAA-record 109 team titles break down: MEN'S TEAM TITLES (72) WOMEN'S TEAM TITLES (37) Volleyball 19 Softball 11 Tennis 16 Water Polo ... Read more

Philadelphia behind the eight ball

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 10:23 PM
If you've followed the Phillies for any amount of time — at least six weeks — Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Mets was not the first time you've seen them shut out by a touchdown and a two-point conversion or more. In fact, if you've been around long enough, you've seen them do it hundreds of... Read more

Big 5 players to win NBA title

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:05 AM
Daily News co-worker Mark Perner points out that if the Spurs can pull out Game 7 Thursday night, San Antonio's Gary Neal (who spent two years at La Salle before transferring to Towson) will become the 11th different player to attend a City 6 school and win an NBA title since 1957. Sixers broadcaster... Read more

NBA Finals Going 7 Games

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:13 AM
The NBA Finals will be going to a Game 7 for just the eighth time in the last 43 seasons. By contrast, six of the last 11 Stanley Cup Finals have gone seven games. But all told, Major League Baseball extends its final series to the limit more often than either. Over one-third (34.6%) of the best-of-seven... Read more

Going Through Wilt

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:26 AM
Before we put a bow on another NBA season, we felt it was time to unleash a Wilt Chamberlain stat ... Wilt Chamberlain played 14 seasons in the NBA and won two championships. In 10 of the 12 other seasons, the Overbrook High product was eliminated by the eventual NBA champions. Now, consider the... Read more

Blackhawk Drowsy

Monday, June 17, 2013, 6:58 PM
Over their last three playoff games, the Chicago Blackhawks have played 180 minutes of regulation time and 97:32 of overtime. Even with that, they have still played less OT than the Boston Bruins this postseason. By the way, the 26 overtime playoff games to date is tied second all-time for one playoff... Read more

A Grand Slam for Down Under

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:08 AM
In April, Adam Scott became the first Australian to win The Masters, the last of the four majors to be claimed by an Aussie. It was at Merion Golf Course in 1981 that David Graham became the first Australian to win the U.S. Open, an event since captured by countrymate Geoff Ogilvy. Graham remains... Read more

Tiger at the Majors

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 12:22 AM
As you may have heard, Tiger Woods is in the area this week and aiming to notch his belt with a 15th major championship at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. Here is how he has fared in the 67 majors in which he has played to date (wins in red; top 10s in green): Masters U... Read more

Doubling Down on Dr. J

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 12:32 AM
The Dr. J documentary (which debuted Monday night on NBATV) had people asking for a Dr. J BoopStat ... So, here you go ... Julius Erving was one of only two players that scored 10,000 or more points in both NBA and ABA. Below are the 12 players that amassed scoring totals in five figures in the ABA... Read more
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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